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Romeo and Juliet

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VeronaThe town in Venice in which Romeo and Juliet took place.
Romeoa Montague. He falls in love with a young girl names Juliet and proceeds to marry her. He is a tragic character. He is characterized as hasty in Romeo and Juliet.
Julieta Capulet. She falls in love with Romeo. She believes marriage should be for love. She is also characterized as hasty. She is young too.
NurseShe cared for Juliet during childhood. She wants Juliet to be happy and is a mother figure to Juliet. She is very talkative.
Prince Escalusprince of Verona. He wants to call truce and end the family feud between the Capulet’s and the Montague’s.
Friar LaurenceFranciscan monk, friend to both Romeo and Juliet
MercutioA kinsman to the Prince, and Romeo's close friend
TybaltA Capulet, Juliet's cousin on her mother's side.
CapuletThe patriarch of the Capulet family, father of Juliet, husband of Lady Capulet, and enemy, for unexplained reasons, of Montague
Lady CapuletJuliet's mother, Capulet's wife. A woman who herself married young
BenvolioCousin to Romeo. He suggests that Romeo go to the Capulet party to save him from his lovesickness for Rosaline. He is not quick to seek out trouble with the Capulets but is unable to stop Mercutio. Benvolio is the sole witness left to report the events leading to the deaths of Mercutio and Tybalt.
ParisKinsman to the Prince. He wishes to marry Juliet and presses Capulet into agreement. Juliet kills herself to avoid having to marry him. He blames Romeo for Juliet's death and determines to capture him when he spots him in the churchyard. The men get into a fight and Romeo kills Paris.
Lord MontagueHead of the Montague family and father to Romeo. He is an aging man but this does not stop him from maintaining the argument between the two families. When the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is revealed, he vows to end the feud and erect a golden statue of Juliet.
BalthasarServant to Romeo. He brings Romeo the news of Juliet's death and accompanies him to the churchyard. Romeo entrusts him with a letter to his father and threatens him with death if he does not leave. Balthasar remains in the churchyard but refuses to go near the tomb when discovered by Friar Lawrence. When Romeo is found to be dead, he admits his part in the events and hands Romeo's letter over to the Prince as proof.
Friar JohnThe messenger sent by Friar Lawrence to tell Romeo of the plan to save Juliet from her marriage to Paris. He is suspected of having the plague and is unable to deliver the message so when Romeo hears of Juliet's death, he believes it is the real thing

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